Hip Hop is how I define myself. Hip Hop did not start in the late 70's. It started long ago, undefined, from several points around the globe culminating into what we now call Hip Hop. Hip Hop is a way, a feeling, a thought. This blog reflects my Hip Hop.

Thank you for paying attention.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Ten 4 2Day: The Rap World

1. The Wu-Tang Clan is performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom in January. Go. I've seen them a few times, once at the Hammerstein. If you've got the Wu-Love in your heart, see them before any more of 'em start passing away. If you're Wu-Ignorant, then I'll recite a prayer for you. For the record, I get no type of compensation when I promote something here. If I say it's 'good', it's because I mean it. Also, can someone tell me why there's always at least two Wu-Members kneeling down in their photos? Is it a requirement that music groups over 5 members need to do this? I didn't see Earth, Wind and Fire doing it in their press photos? The E Street Band didn't do it, did they?!

2. Keeping the segue smooth on the rap tip and full in effect (word to your mother!), it's been announced that our favorite shooting survivor, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, is being considered to host his very own talk show. Excuse me if I'm wrong...but don't you have to know how to speak to host a talk show? I'm just sayin'...

3. If you've seen any of these rappers listed below, please let them know that someone thought about them: The Fu-Schnickens, Skee-Lo, Domino, Smooth Da Hustler, YZ, MC Brains, Special Ed, Supernatural (you did your thing at Rock The Bells!), Positive K., Crucial Conflict, Mic Geronimo, Trendz of Culture. I didn't like all of ya but I ain't forgot! I wish I could forget a few of you though...

4. Not necessarily rap specific but if you've never been to a concert or show, please do yourself a favor and do what M.J. said, "Make that change!!" I've been to more concerts and shows than I can remember and I'll probably never stop. My concert-going experience began with Run-DMC & The Beastie Boys and continues today with Prince, Mos Def, Wu-Tang and a short list of performers I like to see live. Check out the man soon to be Rev. Run and 'em below.

5. If you're really into hip-hop and rap music, check out BrooklynBodega.com. Don't say you ain't neva heard...

6. The worst thing about T.I.'s recent issues is that he's bound to make an album about it.

7. Once upon a time, I used to work for a certain 'teacher' from The Bronx. He taught me a lot about the rap industry, even when he didn't know it. I thought a lot like Biggie. I thought all rappers were friends and wanted to rhyme with each other and drink 40's together and lace up each others Adidas' and shit. Well, my short time with the 'teacher' made me realize otherwise. Rappers hate each other something akin to rival basketball teams. Most of the time, it's not true hate...but that kind of hate that makes one 'team' hope that the other 'team' fails. I'm not trying to blow up anyone's spot but it was sure an eye opener to see WORLD FAMOUS rappers walk passed each other w/o even the slightest head nod. Where's the love, the respect, the homeboy-ness?!

8. Okay, I'll admit it. I miss Flavor of Love. I'm sure VH1's accounting department is missing it too!

9. At Rock The Bells '07 in NYC, The microphone fiend Rakim alluded to producing Paid in Full part 2. He obviously couldn't see my face from where he stood on stage but I looked at him seven ways to Sunday 'cause he should be locked up for even THINKING about something like that. He's more on the outs with Eric B. than Britney is with K-Fed (I can reference them...isn't K-Fed a rapper too? :D) Any idea of making a Paid in Full 2.0 without Eric B. is tantamount to complete and utter excommunication by the global hip-hop tribunal!! If I catch The R. on the street, I'mma let 'em know for ALL of us!!!

10. One last promo: QN5.com. Qn5 is the jump off for some of the best rap music you've probably never heard. Home to Tonedeff, Substantial & CunninLynguists, QN5's been putting out some hella hot, dope, fly, underground, off the chains, hip, funky shit for quite some time now. Purchase the ExtendedF@mm album for a great taste of most of QN5's roster. QN5 is run by a Tonedeff, a NY'er by way of Miami. I've personally known and have bugged the shit out of Tonedeff for many moons now and can say that there's probably no cat as dedicated to his craft than he. Like many artists I know, he can be a perfectionist to a fault but his love of MC'ing and intelligent word play have made him quite popular. He's pretty responsible for blowing up the spot on many late 90's underground Internet hip-hop battle forums too. Drop by the site and let 'em know Bigg Russ pointed you there.

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